Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Stadium on 1987-07-24
Tico Tico Tuning
Jack Straw ->
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
My Brother Esau
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle ->
When Push Comes To Shove
Far From Me
Hell In A Bucket ->
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Dear Mr. Fantasy ->
I Need A Miracle ->
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Man Of Peace
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
I Want You
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Shelter From The Storm
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Touch Of Grey
All Along The Watchtower
-- Set 3 with Bob Dylan
-- Encores on the end of Set 1 to keep sets on single discs
Subject: Archive says:
The official release goes in and out of mono through the whole 1st set (a set that's all about the bookends). This one isn't as well known/regarded as the next show (or the next month) but still has big highlights. They hadn't played the stadium side of the complex since '76 with the Who!
First Set. Funiculi Funicula tuning - their best ever? Some people track this stuff! Jack Straw is an attacking version. Half-Step Mississippi is hot, too, but the rest is yr average '87 Dead until the last two, which are ace versions. Big River, though is very upbeat and burns a lot of energy considering they have to play 3 sets and two different encores.
Second Set. Starts with an average Helena but Scarlet is notable. It's hot and it's a stand-alone and the 1st of 4 '87 Scarlets sans Fire. Playin' starts uptempo - and it takes a minute for some to catch up, but the jam section benefits. The whole rest of the set is above average - fired by their hero Dylan. Except there's a stumble finding the key on Fantasy and a lyric flub on a shaky Touch of Grey (w/Dylan on guitar), but they were so animated this set that Jer moonwalked (I'm remembering this correctly, right? Ah fuck it - you kids don't even know what that is).
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¾ stars (Dead show + Dead encore)
Jack Straw - one of best of '87
Cassidy - tight
Deal - big deal
Scarlet Begonias - clean and strong
SOURCES: Pretty much have to get View from the Vault IV for the two Dead sets; and you want the schoeps.painoman.17353 for the encore (Touch of Grey). The DVD version is missing FotD, MaMU, Big River.
Thanx for review, koch
Subject: You know there's something happening . .
Wow! The Jack opener here rips the roof off! Bill & Mickey? You can tell Bobby wants to jump in but can't even control it, and lets it come back around again. Damn fine !! Right away you can see where this night is going. I'm only at the end of the second set but truly epic. What a great night, and video! Solid 4* an 5 may be a stretch, but rounding up. Dylan & The Dead?
Happy 50th Grateful Dead !
Subject: What was that?
Subject: Best of Tour (Review via View from the Vault)
Hell knows no fury like the Bucket to open the 2nd, energy through the roof, punctuated by Phil bombs and serious Jerome solos. Scarlet is played with no quarter, it simply doesn't have time to consider mercy at this tempo! The transition jam starts taking unusual turns, all while within theme, then they stop... to immediately transition to Playing in the Band! Speaking of finding the light in the strangest of places, the tempo drives like the autobahn! The jam slows things down, as we head for poignant Jerry. The ensuing jam reminds me of Terrapin 93, at a faster pace, and before the haters hate, that was a great year for Terrapin. Scales abound, then 6 minutes in, things slowing down, delay guitar steps in to add a dose of psychedelia to the otherwise rocking show. Brent's playing becomes pleasantly anxious to accent the madness.
Uncle John emerges out of a space I thought surely was headed to the Wheel, and the energy hasn't dipped. Mr. Fantasy abruptly ends the UJB, with a zealous Brent singing, the band is all over it with Jerry nailing his solos and Bob playing tough behind him. Bobby keeps it rocking with a fantastic Miracle, once again featuring crunched Jer. Jerry then opts for Bertha, indicating more rockin' and no ballad in a show where FOTD is the slow option back in the 1st set. No need for the ballad, as Dylan's set waits in the wings. Jerry makes his audible count with serious solos in this A+ Bertha, before Bobby calls out old reliable Sugar Mags to close the set before Dylan gets his shot on the mic.
Third set is Dylan's, Times They Are A-Changin' his first offering, sets the mood nicely. While in predictably ridiculous voice his acoustic guitar is nice, and Jerry has some nice leads on unfamiliar turf. Maggie's Farm makes the set, and no wonder they kept this simple rocker. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight slows things down in country style, then the juices get flowing in I Want You. Most of the Dylan & The Dead tour left something to be desired, I believe this show is the exception. Highway 61 drives nicely, great bass rhythm by Lesh. Baby Blue is a bit sloppy as the boys liked jamming it out more, but Dylan cuts off Jerry. A true musician, Jerry figures out how to operate within tighter confines. Memphis Blues, always a winner to me, stuck after this tour. This version is a little sloppy, but fun on its 5th live rendition. With Dylan singing the guitarists both got space to see what they could do instrumentally, though again Dylan goes back to the verses prematurely, this version a few minutes shorter than the typical GD version. Thin Man, unfortunately, would not stick in the repertoire, despite being awesome. This is the most psychedelic thus far, with Jerry nailing a delay solo and Brent providing an eerie undertone. Shelter from the Storm is fun, and then a foreboding Slow Train chugs eerily through. The set is "Knockin'", another keeper, which ends the set in its simplistic, sun-setting beauty.
Double encore for the TKO, Touch is fun, but Watchtower brings sizzling solos and adds another keeper to their rotation. SQ issues mar the Tower a bit, but it's amazing.
Wow! For a band rightfully accused of blowing the big ones, they didn't blow this show recorded for posterity in video. Energy levels are through the roof, with little exception. The pre-drums is through the roof, and while the post-space does its best to keep up it is outclassed. Dylan's set caps off the long evening, and though his voice leaves something to be desired, the backing band is fantastic.
The 2 Dead sets are from the video official release, heavy SBD with a touch of AUD, a mix I more prefer than the 60/40 that seems to be the order of the day. 70/30 seems better...
The Dylan set has B+ quality sound. I may be a bit harsh having been spoiled by the perfect mix of the first two sets.
Subject: I listened to it
Subject: jut like so many times before !
too bad ...
THIS SHOW IS GREAT but the dylan set is sounds better on the soundboard
Subject: pedal steeell revival
Subject: Thank you, sir.
Hat-mounted mics, wow. Thanks, man. Thanks again.
Subject: Great Recording!
Subject: Hats off Russ!
I thought the sound was superb.
The song list was OK, however there wasn't any exemplary renditions of any of the songs, At least none I picked to be on my best of list. But they where all good.
However I'm not a Dylan fan, I respect him, but can't stand his voice so set3 was hard for me listen too.
I'd like to cemment on so few jams. Look at the time of each song. Only one more then 10 minutes, but 30 something songs.
It was a good show with a great recording.
I'm surprised that someone didn't take the encore tracks and put them in the right spot.
Subject: What a quality AUD!!!
Subject: Nice job Russ!
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